At the beginning of this academic year we were delighted to welcome Alexander Mason as new Director of Music at Lancing College.
Alex joins us from Shrewsbury School where he was the Director of the Chapel Choir and Assistant Director of Music. He previously held posts at a number of London churches, King’s College School, Wimbledon and Lichfield and St Davids Cathedrals. At St Davids he conducted the Cathedral Choir on BBC Radio 3 and 4, conducted the Festival Chorus in numerous choral works with orchestra and was Artistic Director of the annual music festival.
Alex was educated at The King’s School, Gloucester, and was a chorister and Organ Scholar at Gloucester Cathedral. He read music at Oxford University where he was Organ Scholar of Worcester College. Scholarships from the Countess of Munster, Ian Fleming and Eric Thompson trusts enabled postgraduate study in improvisation at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague. This was followed by a MMus in choral conducting at the RCM. He became an FRCO aged 18 winning three prizes.
When time allows Alex performs professionally as an organist and recitals have taken him all over the UK and abroad. He has worked for many years with several professional choirs, Ex Cathedra and Tenebrae and has also played with the CBSO and ECO through these collaborations. He is a prize-winning improviser, has taught improvisation at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and regularly improvises to silent films. He has recorded for BBC radio and TV and record labels including Decca, Regent and Signum.
Dominic Oliver, Head Master, commented: 'Music at Lancing College has long been a byword for excellence and Alex and the team will be seeking to develop and build on that tradition, whether that be in our Music Scholarships programme, or in the sounds of our flagship Choir, the Orchestra or all the ensembles in between.'